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Selma Trailer Starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr.

By Brian Gallagher — November 6th, 2014

Just two days after Election Tuesday, Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Selma, which chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s quest to secure equal voting rights for all races in America.

Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's Selma tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

Voting is a topic at the forefront of culture. Whether debating the effects of voter ID laws or discussing the importance of voting to push for more police regulation, we find ourselves at a pivotal time in history. As we approach the theatrical release of Selma and the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we take a reflective look at where America would be without this powerful movement via an infographic that simply asks the question, "Can you vote?"

Take a look at the trailer, along with a new poster and voting infographic below, before Selma debuts in limited release on Christmas Day and on January 9, 2015 nationwide.

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